Thursday, 3 June 2021


 Dear Friends,

Hello. In a world of screens and distance and a pandemic, I’m sorry we have to gather like this. But here we are. 

I’ve reached out to as many people as I could directly. Friends have helped by contacting people they know, etc. If we missed you, then I’m immensely sorry. But I have some difficult news to share, and I don’t think word of mouth is really equal to it.

Early in the morning of Tuesday, June 1st, Chris Goode decided to end his life. I have been told he died painlessly.

I will be in contact with friends and colleagues regarding arrangements for a memorial as soon as I have made them. If any close or long-term friends of Chris's are hearing this news here for the first time, please get in touch if you would like to talk. I will do my best to respond to you as soon as I can.

I don’t have many words or certainly the right words yet. But it is clear that Chris was loved deeply by many, many people. The world cannot and will not be the same with him no longer living in it.

With love and grief,

Griffyn Gilligan


  1. Thank you again, for reaching out, Griffyn. Thanks for all you've done. Sending love.

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    1. Hi Keston. Thank you so much for your message. I’ve written you an email on the work account at Sussex University I found online. If you don’t receive it or don’t check that account, please just reply to this and we’ll sort out another way to get in touch.

  3. Hi Griffyn, profoundly shocked to hear this news. I had nothing but live and admiration for Chris, his work, his tender and capacious sense of humane possibility. We’ve not met. Massive love to you in this unbearable moment. cris cheek